Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ghosted Leaves for CAS Mix Up and a New CAS Challenge

This is a long post but there's some fun and exciting news contained herein.

But I'm going to save that for the end.

For now here is this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge
and my card
I used Stamping, Ghosting and Sponging

The Design Team has some awesome inspiration and we're joined this month by
Mac Mable (The Sweetest of Peas) who was our Monthly Pick for August
with this lovely card.

There are several ways to do the ghosting technique and there are video links at CAS Mix Up.

I used the Bleach without Bleach by France Martin (12:29) technique for this card.

First I sponged lots of ink on a piece of Neena cardstock.

Next I spritzed a leaf stamp with Stampin' Mist and pressed it down on the sponged piece.

I repeated the process several times using different leaf stamps.

I pretty much CASEd Frenchie's design.

Because the stamps weren't true silhouette stamps they left the ghosted imprint
of the outline and some lightening inside but still left some color.
I loved that look!

I cut down the panel and have another piece left over.
(That piece didn't turn out as well and may be in the bin before long.)

I don't know what happened to the sentiment.  I stamped it with Always Artichoke ink
and it was much darker when it was first stamped.  When I went back later, the ink had lightened considerably.  I had removed the stamp from the MISTI so I decided it was best to leave it alone.


We are having a Design Team Call for CAS Mix Up.  The DT call runs from October 1st - 15th. Are you interested on being on the CAS Mix Up Design Team??  Check out the requirements on the CAS Mix Up Blog.  Good luck everyone!


Loll and I are excited to announce a new card challenge ---
 CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

We had trouble deciding between a mixed media or watercoloring challenge earlier in the year.
Mixed media won out then.
But our love of watercoloring on cards was still pulling on us and we're excited to
finally launch this new challenge.
 We hope you like the idea and want to join in.

The challenge starts today.  Future challenges will begin on the 2nd of every month. The challenge is to create a CAS (Clean and Simple) Watercoloured card following the theme each month.
There is a new challenge starting today ... a "sister" challenge to CAS Mix Up.  

Click HERE to check out CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

Our first challenge is

Here's a little something I whipped up for this challenge
I used a NBUS Verve stamp and watercolored with an Aqua Painter and ink pads.

We are having a Design Team Call for CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  The DT call runs from October 1st - 15th. Are you interested on being on the CAS Watercolour Design Team??  Check out the requirements on the CAS Watercolour Blog.  Good luck everyone!

If you're interested check out the details at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (CAS Mix Up)
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves (SU), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink:   Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Paper:   Very Vanilla (SU), Solar White (Neena 110 lb.), Core'dinations
Other:  Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Mist, Linen Thread (all SU), Fun Foam

Card Recipe (CAS Watercolour Card Challenge)
Stamps:  Bountiful Harvest, Happy Fall (Verve)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Baked Brown Sugar, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (SU)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Paper String (TH)


Loll said...

Two beautiful Autumn cards Bonnie. LOVE the ghosting effect using Stampin' Mist ... how cool!! The colours are gorgeous. And love those sweet watercolours pumpkins. Both cards are amazing designs and I love the twine added to both. xx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous ghosted leaves and I love your pumpkin stack too, Bonnie! Happy World Card-making Day!!

Mac Mable said...

Wow what exciting and wonderful news. I am blown away with the first card Bonnie, you really nailed it with the technique and gorgeous colours. Yes best to step away with the sentiment and loving the twine to finish the card off. Fun second card with very pretty colouring. Looking forward to the new challenge and thank you once again for the wonderful opportunity this month...enjoyed it very much x

nancy littrell said...

How cool to Ghost with SU Stampin' Mist Bonnie. Loved how your Autumn leaves turned out. TFS and for your detailed description.
Congratulations on your's and Loll's new CAS Watercolouring Card Challenge too. I can't wait to play:-)
Your beautifully watercolored Autumn scene and one layer card are a wonderful CAS design. TFS my friend.

MaryH said...

Awesome cards - each of them! You did a lot better with France's no bleach look than I did when I tried it! (I've tried it with chlorox too, and didn't like the total look). Will try again. It's gorgeous with the deep richness of the autumn colors & leaves. LOVE it! Also like your CAS w/c punkins too. If I were better with W/C, I'd try for the DT, but I'm hopelessly rubbish with it. Will try to join in the challenges if I can get something fit to share!!! TFS & Hugs

kiwimeskreations said...

What a stunning card - love your ghosted leaves Bonnie.

Karren said...

Gorgeous cards, Bonnie! The depth in your first card is amazing!

Desperatehousewifecraft said...

Your ghosting card is beautiful. And what a great new challenge! Can't wait to join in.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I forgot about the ghosting technique. I really like the bleach without bleach since the odor of bleach isn't good for me. I've not tried this way before and will have to give it a go. I've done something similar using Versamark as a resist.

Susan said...

Two gorgeous cards, Bonnie! Love the bleached leaves - I've tried that with bleach and with water, but never thought of using a spray stamp cleaner - will give it a try.

Wonderful watercolouring on your pumpkin trio!

Barb Ghig said...

Two gorgeous autumn cards, Bonnie! Your ghosting technique has such an amazing effect on the leaves...WOW! I also really love your pumpkins...You sure know how to inspire us :) In fact, I've already added my card to your new challenge!!!

Bo┼╝enA said...

Bonnie, your card is simply stunning. I love the beautiful colors background on the wonderfully visible outline leaves. I also love the composition of the card. Twine wonderfully complements it.
The second card is also wonderful. I love watercolor painting.

Greta said...

They're both beautiful, Bonnie, but oh my--the first one is a stunner!

Gramma Sarah said...

The ghosting leaves are over the top stunning. Will be trying the ghosting technique...thanks for the inspiration.

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards, Bonnie, That first one is so gorgeous but the pumpkin one is just too cute.

Jo said...

Wow those leafs are really popping out. NOTE TO SELF have definitely got to get better at ink blending ;)
Beautiful CAS piece with the perfect colours. Good job.! xx

Pat said...

These Autumn cards are both so pretty Bonnie and the effects you have achieved with the ghosting and sponging on the first are awesome. The pumpkins are cute and beautifully coloured and the twine is nicely organic as a finishing touch. x

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful ghosted leaves Bonnie! The twine is perfect tied around it! and your water colored pumpkins are so bright and festive!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, Bonnie, these are great cards. The ghosting card is so lovely and screams fall. I am going to try that for sure. Your watercolored pumpkin card is beautiful.

Donna said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cards :)